Monitoring dynamic changes in near vision is important for early detection of presbyopia. This study assessed the accuracy and reliability of a new smartphone-based application, the Smart Vision Check (SVC), compared with those of a conventional device (AS-28; Kowa, Aichi, Japan), for measuring near functional visual acuity (NFVA). We enrolled 115 healthy volunteers aged ≥ 20 years with bilateral best-corrected visual acuity of ≥ 20/25. The SVC was designed for use on an Apple iPhone SE2 to measure NFVA by tapping on the orientation icon manually. Conventional FVA was measured using the AS-28 with − 2.50 D added to the best distance correction at baseline. There was no significant difference in NFVA-related measurements between the AS-28 and SVC (P > 0.05). The Spearman correlation coefficients of NFVA measurements between the two devices were over 0.60 (P < 0.001). The Bland–Altman plot indicated minimal bias with limits of agreements of ± 0.34 logMAR for NFVA with habitual correction when comparing the AS-28 and SVC. The intraclass correlation coefficient of the repeated SVC-measured NFVA was 0.915 (95% CI 0.800–0.969). In summary, the SVC has the potential to evaluate NFVA in a relatively easy manner. Applied clinically, the SVC can be useful for presbyopia screening.
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